Did he understand that he would now have to live with a sword—not of Damocles but of polonium—hanging over his head?
Then as now, the majority of Americans had little interest in examining the nuclear sword of Damocles their fear had wrought.
Of course, if we can mix our classical references, Russia has its Sword of Damocles to cut this Gordian Knot.
courtier of Dionysius I, tyrant of Syracuse; his name in Greek means literally "fame of the people," from demos, damos "people" (see demotic) + -kles "fame," a common ending in Greek proper names (e.g. Sophocles, Pericles), from PIE *klew-es, from root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen). To teach Damocles how a tyrant lives, Dionysius seated him at a banquet with a sword suspended above his head by a single hair.